Sri Lanka in Australia, 2012-13

Clarke, Warner, Wade return, Henriques called up

Brydon Coverdale

January 14, 2013

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Matthew Wade muscles the ball through the off side, Australia v India, Commonwealth Bank Series, 1st ODI, Melbourne, February 5, 2012
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Michael Clarke, David Warner and Matthew Wade, the three key players rested for the first two ODIs against Sri Lanka, will return for the next two games in Brisbane and Sydney. The allrounder Moises Henriques, who last played for Australia in India in 2009, has also been included, while the selectors dropped Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Ben Cutting and Kane Richardson. Brad Haddin, who picked up a hamstring injury during the second ODI, was also left out.

The widespread changes were not surprising after the selectors named a squad devoid of stars for the opening two games, preferring to have Clarke, Warner and Wade rest following their Test duties, and with one eye on the upcoming Test tour of India. However, their return means Khawaja's one-day opportunity was limited to one innings ended by a run-out at the MCG, while a number of other players have had to make way having had limited time in the middle.

John Inverarity, the national selector, said it was always the intention of his panel to play Khawaja in the first game in Melbourne and Smith in the second match in Adelaide, and that both men had benefited from further time around the national squad. He said he had spoken to both Smith and Khawaja on Sunday night about their omissions and said the players had been pleased to have been given an opportunity in the first place.

"They saw that with those players coming back there was a good chance they were going to be squeezed out," Inverarity said. "They would prefer one game to no games. They received a very clear message. It's not only playing the game, but being in the Australian squad for four or five days and the intensity of training and being there with Mickey Arthur and the other support staff, it's a very good experience for them."

The one surprise in the squad for the third match in Brisbane on Friday and the fourth game in Sydney on Sunday was the inclusion of Henriques, who started the domestic summer in outstanding form. However, the decision does fit in with Inverarity's preference for players with all-round skills, and with the view that a seam-bowling allrounder would be required, especially at the Gabba.

"We certainly need allrounders," Inverarity said. "We're really trying to groom Glenn Maxwell as a spin-bowling allrounder and obvious interest there for India. Mitchell Marsh was in the frame some time ago but he's injured. Moises Henriques has been on the horizon for some years now, and this is his opportunity. We really hope that he will come on as a seam-bowling allrounder.

"I saw him bat at the WACA when he made 78 in the Ryobi Cup and then 78 in the Shield match and he batted superbly. Then he went to Sydney and made 150 and 50 not out in the next game. Also when I saw him bowl in Perth he bowled very well, too. So he's got a lot of talent. We hope that he performs and we want consistent performance from him."

Maxwell retained his place in the squad despite having done little with the bat or ball during the first two games, although his fielding had been excellent. Inverarity said the selectors rated Maxwell extremely highly and that he was viewed as a batsman who could provide some useful overs, not a frontline spinner, although his bowling had improved since he played for Australia A against the South Africans in early November.

"When he gets an opportunity he's showing signs of improving," Inverarity said. "He's not a frontline spinner, he's a batsman who bowls. As I've said many times we are looking for batsmen who can bowl decently. With Dilshan in the Sri Lankan side he's an opening batsman and bowls very decent offspinners. You need your four bowlers and you need some of your batsmen who can give you some decent overs. That's where we're trying to develop Glenn Maxwell."

The inclusion of allrounders is all the more important with the continued absence of Shane Watson. When he returns from his calf injury, Watson will be playing as a specialist batsman only and Inverarity said the selectors were hoping he would have a chance to play Sheffield Shield cricket towards the end of this month, but his availability for any of the limited-overs games this summer remained uncertain.

"We'll just wait and see when Shane is fit to play and then he will come under consideration," Inverarity said. "But we're certainly hoping he'll be fit by the end of this month. In the last three or four days I haven't heard how he's progressing. We'll have to see that. We're really hoping that he'll be ready for the Sheffield Shield match which I think starts on the 24th of January, and then we'll go from there. It will be terrific if he's available, but I don't know yet if he'll be likely or not."

There is also uncertainty over how long Haddin will have to sit out after suffering a hamstring injury during the loss to Sri Lanka in Adelaide on Sunday. Haddin top scored for Australia with 50 but during Sri Lanka's chase, handed the wicketkeeping gloves to Phillip Hughes and left the field. Australia might take two wicketkeepers on the Test tour of India next month and the selectors are hopeful Haddin will be back in action soon.

"We don't know exactly. I saw Brad last night and again at the airport this morning. We're hoping it's not too serious," Inverarity said. "We're hoping it's a couple of weeks and nothing more than that. There is a real chance we'll take two wicketkeepers to India and/or to England. As I've said before the two we consider the best wicketkeeper-batsmen in the country are he and Matthew Wade."

Cricket Australia also announced that the fielding coach Steve Rixon would stand in as head coach over the next few days and during the ODI in Brisbane on Friday to allow Mickey Arthur a break during the team's busy summer. Arthur will spend a few days with his family in Perth before returning to coaching duties for the fourth ODI in Sydney on Sunday.

Australia squad David Warner, Phillip Hughes, Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey, David Hussey, Matthew Wade (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.

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Posted by WheresTheEmpire on (January 16, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

@RednWhiteArmy Are you talking about the ODI series in India?

Posted by Aussie_nrz on (January 16, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

My Starting 11: Warner, Hughes, Clarke, Bailey, D Hussey, Wade, Henriques, Cutting, Johnson, Starc, McKay

Posted by hyclass on (January 16, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

@Tricksna...In making his runs at a glacial rate in ODI, Forrest was complicit in Australia losing. His original record opposed his selection at all levels,particularly in that format and that has only diminished with time to a point where his standing in the state side is loudly in question.Career records exist to give a picture of form against varied opposition and in wide ranging conditions over time. Short runs of form can be very deceptive and mostly have been. I and many others opposed his selection, particularly as other far better performed players were being ignored.I also think a comparison of records between Forrest and Khawaja would show Khawaja's to be vastly superior in all formats. It seems as though the further we progress, the less is learned.It's simple. Pick players who have demonstrated numerous excellent seasons and who have the capacity to score ugly runs when out of form.Choose them in appropriate formats & stop using the national side as a creche/revolving door.

Posted by Meety on (January 16, 2013, 4:37 GMT)

@Chris_P on (January 14 2013, 11:53 AM GMT) - I think anyone with half a brain, can see that Khawaja is a talent & should be returning to the Test side shortly. However, ODIs are obviously a different format & there is probably LESS space for a specialist batsmen in an ODI side than a Test side. Test sides typically have at least 5 (often 6) specialist batsmen, whereas ODIs, it is usually 3 or 4. So, Ussie is not in competition with Maxwell, Hussey or Smith or even Watson (assuming he remains an ODI allrounder), he is up against Warner, Hughes, Clarke & Bailey. I would say that in pure ODI terms, he is behind those 4, plus Ferguson, Voges & Finch & I would also rate Quinney on a par as well. So he has a bit more to do jump ahead of them, even then, I am not sure if ODIs will be a good thing for Ussie. I remember how Mark Taylor went from being the best opener ever (exageration), to being in various form slumps from the time he got picked in ODIs (lost the art of leaving outside off).

Posted by Meety on (January 16, 2013, 1:08 GMT)

@ featurewriter on (January 15 2013, 12:09 PM GMT) - small point, but I believe Haddin has retired from T20 Internationals.

Posted by rydberg on (January 15, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

dont know when hauritz,bollinger and voges are going to make an international comeback

Posted by featurewriter on (January 15, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

I think the selectors are just exposing a few players on the fringe to some international cricket. The Australian squads for India and England are starting to take shape. In India, they'll take two spinners; while for England, they'll take two keepers. India touring squad: Cowan, Warner, Hughes, Watson, Clarke, Khawaja, Wade, Johnson, Pattinson, Siddle, Lyon, Bird, Starc, George Bailey - and one of Hauritz, Krezja (extra off-spinners) or Boyce (leg-spinner). England, they'll just roll out the extra spinner and replace him with either Paine (more likely) or Haddin. Fringe options: Cutting, Butterworth, David Hussey. I don't think we'll see Cummins back - and Hilfenhaus has lost his spot to Bird. My gut feel is that we'll only see Haddin for ODI and international T20s.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 15, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

sorry that was meant to be South Africa.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 15, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

TommyTuckerSaffa - I dont disagree wiht you on the talent factor. South Africa clearly has the most talent and Englands talent is better than Australia. However, australia have an ability to take games on and make opposition play below par. How else do you explain Australia being so competetive against England? Tricksna - Pete Forrest has had a terrible year in all formats.

Posted by Tricksna on (January 15, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

What happened to Peter Forrest? He's made a 100 and 3 50's already in ODI and is of a much higher class than Khawaja.

Posted by Sudu_putha on (January 15, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

More changes... Bring it on Australia...huh huaa... Bring who ever u got... SL will win this series....

Posted by anver777 on (January 15, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

SL fans wants "A" team from Aus selectors not a "B" or C'" team, then only you can get best out of SL team..... they are real fighters in limited overs format !!!! wish SL wins the ODI series handsomely !!!!

Posted by bearface on (January 15, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

As a Srilankan fan i dont really mind who comes in to the Australian side even if they play their best side we are well capable of beating them if we also play to our potential but it is kind of baffling the amount of changes that Australia made especially in that last game i believe Khawaja should be given more chances as he is a fine young talent i also believe that people on here are being a bit harsh on Maxwell he failed in the first ODI trying to increase the scoring rate in the slog overs and he was out to a good ball in the second game but he has impressed me especially that matchwinning fifty he made against Pakistan in the UAE taking on the likes of Ajmal and co showing he is definitely talented. Also can someone tell me whats up with Pat Cummins havent heard about the guy for a long time, Moises Henriques doesnt have very impressive statistics but he has some sort of X factor in his batting.Its really 50 50 as the two teams are evenly matched may the best team win.

Posted by Meety on (January 15, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

@Jared Hansen - honestly I do not think it is Khawaja v Smith/Maxwell. (You more or less say it later in your post). For what it is worth, over similar career lengths & experiences, Khawaja & Smith are statistically similar batting-wise, (Smith's ave is lower in List A's but has a higher S/R which is indicative of batting around #6 for Oz alot). I do believe Khawaja is the better batsmen for Tests, but I won't be too concerned if Khawaja does not play ODIs as I think it will ultimately bugger him up. Ussie is a blue-chip Test consideration, & only once he has nailed his Test position & is on top of his game do I think he should play ODIs regularly.

Posted by Meety on (January 15, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

@Chris_P on (January 15 2013, 05:40 AM GMT) - until you retorted, I thought he was either tongue in cheek or bagging past selections! I mean, IF he is being serious, - he's just named TWO ex-NSW as alternatives!!!! LOL! I couldn't less where they come from as long as a) have some sort of form to warrant selection, & b) they perform. BTW - I know I harp on this a bit, but I really think Cutting got the raw prawn. He looked more accomplished than the other batsmen barring Hussey & Haddin. I also thought his bowling was very good against a batting line up that didn't need to take any risks!

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (January 15, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

@jayzuz Quick update for you. S.A. beat oz in oz, this is the 2nd back to back series win for S.A. in oz. Will it be three in a row? Pattinson breaking down.... here we go again, what about duminy, kallis and Vernon breaking down.... Oz is miles below England and S.A. talent wise, they have lost too many good players and replaced them with very average ones. Smith was asked who would win the ashes...his answer was england. This is the reality. Get used to it.

Posted by Chris_P on (January 15, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

@Darren Saunders. So you think there is NSW bias? Let's see for this season List A, Henriques, 135 runs, ave 34, s/r 153, 6 wickets ave 35, economy 5.5. Hastings, 16 runs, ave 16, s/r 114 with 1 wicket in 5 games & Christian 82 runs @ 27 ave, s/r 71 with 6 wickets, econ rate 5. And you say Henriques doesn't deserve to be picked? Are you sure you know anything about cricket? Plus Henriques is the leading all rounder in first class by a substantial margin, all in all, by the Argus review, demands that he be selected. Try, just for once, posting without state bias please. Unbelievable.

Posted by landl47 on (January 15, 2013, 3:58 GMT)

@Jayzuz: well, fortunately we won't have to guess whether Australia or England is the better team for much longer, because we'll find out over the next 12 months. You won't find any posts from me claiming that England are 'so superior'; I think England is a marginally better side at the moment, based on the strength of their batting, but Aus, as I've said many times, has a good crop of young fast bowlers and if they all come along as they should Aus will have a very good attack.

I grew up both admiring and wanting to beat the 'old enemy' Australia. The Ashes has always meant more to me than all the ODI and T20 World Cups and series against other countries put together. The Aussies have always been wonderful competitors and I've seen more England defeats than victories. I see no reason to think Aus won't be just as hard to beat this year as every other year. However, at the moment Aus has some weaknesses and anyone who thinks they don't should change their name to jonesy2.

Posted by   on (January 15, 2013, 1:57 GMT)

Henriques' inclusion is yet more proof that the Argus Review forgot to call for the end of the Mediocre New South Welshman Selection Policy. What about Dan Christian? John Hastings?

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 15, 2013, 1:23 GMT)

estwickg - Sound like a very un-australian comment, he is not playing god with peoples careers. The greater objective is to win cricket games for Australia and individual stats has no basis to this. He is trying to manage the players so that when they play they are at there maximum output. A team that plays together and willing to perform for each other (win games/not build stats) will be more successful than a team of individuals.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (January 15, 2013, 0:51 GMT)

@mersault well said. @blink182alex you are spot on, Smith's selection was a joke given Khawaja had only 1 game, if they are trying to ruin his confidence then they are making all the right steps. I am looking forward to watching Khawaja in the test matches in the India series. @Shaggy076 well said, time for cricinfo to update Khawaja's bowling status. @Wade Boughen i hope they give Finch and Khawaja another chance in the ODI games, they deserve it. My advice to the selectors is that either give the players at least 2 games or don't give them a go at all.

Posted by JoeySpiggs on (January 15, 2013, 0:25 GMT)

how we are still investing time in steve smith is beyond me. the 2010-11 ashes series showed he's not up to test level, and the recent one dayers proves it. there are guys like burns and doolan around the country who are dominating shield and arent even being considered

Posted by Meety on (January 15, 2013, 0:19 GMT)

@Meher Sultana - buckley's & none mate. Ussie would be an automatic choice in Pakistan, but then again he MAY never of developed the qualities he currently has if he grew up there. All moot, as he is 100% Ozzy. @ landl47 on (January 14 2013, 17:31 PM GMT) - my point was, Oz do not have mediocrity to choose from in their ODI squad. It is all about the balance, I could replace Harris with quite a few other bowlers who have good International S/Rates. When Watto is playing, Oz have brilliant balance, the 5th bowler is not an issue. Without him, atm, Oz have not got the balance right. IF, beating SL was the be all & end all of the first 2 games, Haddin should of opened instead of either Finch or Hughes. That would of opened up a spot for someone like Christian or Henriques down lowe, (although in Game 2 it was batting that let us down).

Posted by   on (January 15, 2013, 0:16 GMT)

That they had decided to only give Khawaja one game so far out is troubling, as is the fact that they rate Steve Smith as being of equal talent as a batsman. I think pre-meditated selections are a terrible idea and the focus should be on the beast team for the day. There was no shortage of people saying Khawaja would have been the better man to have in the second ODI... and they are all right. For that matter, Smith, Hussey and Maxwell in the one side is incredibly bad selection. Why do we need three players for the one role?

Posted by estwickg on (January 14, 2013, 23:55 GMT)

This man John Inverarity is playing God with young players careers. The best eleven MUST be selected at all times to represent your country. You are therefore destroying confidence and limiting the averages of the best players by not letting them play when there are fit to play.

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 14, 2013, 23:33 GMT)

@landl47, the fact is Australia drew against SA in SA and would have at least drawn the series against SA if not for Pattinson breaking down. They beat SA in the last ODI series in SA, and beat them in T20 WC, and finished above SA & ENG, =3rd. They thrashed India 4-0 when they were ranked 2 or 3. They have done well against everyone in the last 2 years, the only exception being that foolish 2 week trip to England in the off season. All you have to do is note that England lost the corresponding series 6-1 the previous hit-out in Australia when they had more than a month to adapt to Australian conditions, to contextualize that. Australia is exactly one point behind England in the test rankings, and their win-loss ratio is much better than England's since the Ashes. All this talk by England fans that they are so superior has no corresponding basis in reality.

Posted by scarab666 on (January 14, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

As long as CA continue with this lunacy in player selection/promotion and the ridiculous rotation/resting system they will continue to struggle on the world stage in all formats of the game. Both South Africa and England have shown how to manage their teams in all the formats, and have proven good enough to challenge for the No 1 title. Australias persistance with the rotation policy, the fast tracking of young players, reliance on sports science ,flawed selection policy and poor administration will continue to hold back Australia's chances of ever being No1 in any format again. What excuses will Cricket Australia come up with this time when they lose the Ashes again ?

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (January 14, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

@blink182alex (post on January 14 2013, 18:31 PM GMT): "Have a look at why England are no1 ranked odi side, because they play specialists, proper test match batsmen who adapt to the shorter formats..." - that's true in a way, but I don't think players like Morgan will be used much in tests; England are pretty untested against a big chase in ODI's, and there are lingering worries about whether or not Cook, Bell and Trott at the top can step it up a few gears to successfully chase a decent total. Patience is wearing thin for 'bits-and-pieces' players like Bresnan/Broad too... I'd rather they bring in another spinner like Briggs and/or try out Woakes and be done with it. Anyway, as for Australia: oh for a decent wrist-spinner (Warne get coaching!) and another Gilchrist-like wicket-keeper batsman.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 14, 2013, 20:38 GMT)

hussainD - Shaun Marsh lost all form and was dropped by Western Australia and to top that off the regular reports of his drinking benders before and during games doesnt give the selectors much faith that he is a team player. Shaun Marsh needs to sort out his life, which over the last month his cricket is looking a lot better. His only form has been in the big bash and we are not picking a 20/20 side here.

Posted by SevereCritic on (January 14, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

Suddenly everyone's fit. What miracle meds did you Aussies discover? Please share with rest of the world. :)

Posted by mattboosa on (January 14, 2013, 20:26 GMT)

What is going on with the selectors these days? Maxwell does not warrant a place in the team let alone the squad. If Dave hussey is in the team, maxwell cannot be. Hussey does what Maxwell does only 10 times better. Can't they see that Cutting is a genuine all rounder and performed adequately the other night? These players, Khawaja included, need to be given a good run! As mentioned in earlier posts, Henriques stats don't equate to selection in the Australian side. Wy don't they try to develop a spinners batting? Doherty and Lyon are both alright with the bat. I think Lyon should be given an extended run in ODIs. On another note, I no longer think Shane Watson is automatic at test level.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

I cannot believe Maxwell is still in the suad, his technique was left wondering in both days. kawaja was run out in the first game and then didn't play in the second game so he didn't get an opportunity to show his wares which is disappointing. I guess that Maxwell got intot he side as a specialist fielder because that is where he succeeded. I still think that if the selectors are looking to the future then they have to go for someone younger than Haddin so the fact that he got injured means that the selectors have been let off the hook. I thought the supposed B team did ok. They didn't ge the best of the conditions in Adelade but did really well in Melbourne so we should all be giving them a pat on the back for the way they played. Well done B team

Posted by blink182alex on (January 14, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

I'm worried by the way the selectors are continually talking up Maxwell, if he's a frontline batsmen why does he bat lower middle order for his state? He never looked like he was going to score runs on Sunday. he was all over the place technically walking at the ball against 125kph seamers from Matthews and Kulasekara, can you only imagine how he'll fair in England against Anderson and Finn!

Steve Smith's selection was riduclous, he's played enough games to show what he's got, and what he's got is a poor technique and no chance of scoring decent runs.What must Khawaja be thinking.

Have a look at why England are no1 ranked odi side, because they play specialists, proper test match batsmen who adapt to the shorter formats, all these bits and pieces players Oz are picking sounds ok, but not if they are not a good enough batsmen or bowler to warrant selection. How good a fielder they are makes no difference.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

I would recommend usman khaja to pursue his career for pakistan, iam sure he is finished with cricket Australia, the way he is treated by cricket Australia.

Posted by landl47 on (January 14, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

@TheBig Boodha: the point I was making is that Aus is searching for players who aren't mediocre. As you say, players can be late bloomers or might be able to play above themselves in big games. At the moment, the selectors are still searching. When the side is settled and winning against good sides, they'll have found what they're looking for. At the moment, the selectors haven't found a settled side. Ask yourself why that is- and remember recent results against good teams.

Posted by landl47 on (January 14, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

@Meety: You have picked your stats carefully, but you know there are major flaws in your side. Starc and Bailey have only played a hahdful of ODIs; Hussey is 35; Harris is always injured (21 ODIs and he's 33 years old); Ferguson hasn't made a 50 in his last 10 ODIs and isn't even in the frame, let alone automatic. How many players in your side would you say are automatic picks? The top 3, Hussey and possibly Johnson. That's it, isn't it? The rest of the positions are up for grabs.

In answer to your question, in ODIs I think Eng is mediocre. I'd rate 6 players as automatic- Cook, Bell, Trott, Pietersen, Morgan and Swann. Anderson, Finn and Broad aren't bad, but not great. However, as the 2012 ODI series showed, Eng's mediocre is better than Aus's mediocre at the moment. In tests, Eng has 7, with Anderson and Prior joining the automatics and Morgan dropping out. Aus has 5- Warner, Clarke, Watson, Siddle and Lyon. Each side has promising players, but not automatic selections.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

Brad Haddin is unfortunately injured, but he is better than Wade in batting and keeping any day.

Posted by hussainD on (January 14, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

Why isn't there any consideration for Shaun Marsh? Yes, he was all at sea during the Indian visit and was justifiably dumped after that. But he is back in form -- and has chipped in with quite a few notable performances in the BBL also. He should at the very least be in contention for limited overs cricket; and from thereon, the selectors can monitor his development and see if he can make a return to the test XI.

Is it just me or someone out there also like the possibility of another Hayden-esque impact?

Posted by madaboutcricketabhijit on (January 14, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

Both India and Australia are going through transition phase right now. But the biggest difference is the bench strength between the two sides. India who is struggling to cope up after the retirements of Rahul Dravid and V V S Laxman, Australian side still manage to put up better performances if not the dominant ones. This shows their selectors faith in the newcomers keeping the future in mind. Lesson for Indian selectors and Indian public.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

Would like to see a boxing match between 'RandyOz' representing Australia and 'Front-Foot-Lunge' representing England, during all the breaks in the next Ashes series. Each round will be played during the breaks. I am sure, a few more regular visitors to Cricinfo would also enjoy their sparing. Why should T-20 matches alone have entertainment during breaks. Sorry cheer girls, when it comes to Ashes, you can't beat the entertainment provided by this pair slugging it out. I am suggesting this well in advance, so that both gentlemen can get ready in time.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

i dont care what kind of player oz team got but they will rock.....happy to see pup and warnyy into team...and they should give chance to s. marsh

Posted by UnderTheSameSky on (January 14, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

Why do we open with T20 specialists if they don't have a license to hit out. David Warner averages around 38 balls an innings in ODI's and 19 in T20's, yet averages similarly in both, and Aaron Finch scratched and prodded in his two ODI appearances, much like Warner has done in ODI's - as they are fish out of water trying to play that "Anchor" role. With another opener striking around 80 (Hughes, per say), these types of batsman need freedom to average around 35 in their ODI career and strike at 120+, rather than batting all day. I'd rather see a Finch score 60 off 40 balls and be 1/90 off 12 or so overs than 0/50- and judging by the way he batted in those outings, so would he. Barring Sunday's middle order debacle, I think we have enough to consolidate a T20-type batsman batting aggressively and being caught in the deep early.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

Mr. John Inventery = Death of Oz Cricket

Posted by James_Murphy on (January 14, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

One Day Cricket is an experimental field these days for the real tests in India and England. Hussey, Maxwell and I suppose Henriques too are auditioning for that number 6 spot. Cowan is gone unfortunately for him and Watson will open. Khawaja has probably sewn up number 5 so relax, although personally now that Shaun Marsh is back in some form I would love him there in Sub-continent conditions. Lyon and Beer will both play and two seamers which means selectors are looking at Henriques now as support, especially for the Ashes where a seaming all rounder will be invaluable. This is the land of opportunity for a half decent all rounder! They will get every opportunity.

Posted by Andross on (January 14, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

Continued. Maybe they should play Wade as a pure Batsman, with the option of keeping HIM around for a few overs every now and

Posted by Andross on (January 14, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

I don't really know anything about Hendriques (I love his name though), but it sounds like he's all right, it'll be interesting to see how he does. But I really think that the main thing that the selectors need to look for is someone who can play spin well since the next tour is in India, followed by England who if they have any sense at all will play swan & pannasar given that the only player I currently rate against spin is Clark. As for Wade, although I'm a big fan of his, I do have to agree that on current evidence, he'd nowhere near good enough standing up to the stumps going into India. I do believe that he is the future though, if only he can get someone to do some intensive work with him on his standing up keeping, it's good for the most part, but it's obvious, particularly with the big stumping chances, that he has way to much time to think about it, and is mentally taking the bails off before he actually has the ball.

Posted by Okakaboka on (January 14, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Oh come on! Geez.....This argument over who is the best alrounder. Ask the players. It is Andrew McDonald.... by the width if the Pacific Ocean. Oh, assuming he is fit and not broken down like Watto.

Posted by Ms.Cricket on (January 14, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

What funny reasoning from John Inverarity lol

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

I am fan of Aussies since1997.i want to tell Micky Arthur that mike hussey substitution is only shaun Marsh.if he is given chance in the middle order he has capacity to get singles to play spinners and then accelerate run rate.shaun marsh is an big assest.plz just try him but not as an opener just in the middle order. Only Shaun marsh. No one else his way of playing his timing brilliant.plzzz don't waste his age I don't want to see austrlia as a looser.only Shaun marsh.consider it

Posted by Chris_P on (January 14, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge. Speaking of comic relief.

Posted by hyclass on (January 14, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

I first took an interest in cricket as a child in the 70's because in the words of William Gilbert Grace,' it promoted the manly virtues.' In fact it was Grace, who passed on in 1915,that urged players to down their bats and perform their duty for their country.Inspiring that though flawed in their own ways, they were men of virtue who held cricket to high office. Cricket stood silently with quiet dignity as the timeless bearer of all that made its nation worthy.Not that it was perfect-there were moments when it bent in the wind like reeds on a river instead of standing like an impenetrable oak. The autumn of that time has passed and cricket now lives in a winter of its own discontent. The snowdrifts threaten to take all that was once filled with colour and beauty about the game and render it the same pallid white hue. Faces and reasons pass like flakes that in theory are unique but give fine impressions of endless white.But I remember the colour of crickets virtue & rue its passing.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 14, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

And in swims Wade, the worst keeper in the history if Australian cricket. What a circus of horrors this current Australian side is, most Aussies fans have all but given up hope of the Ashes for the next ten years. The Aussie slide continues.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 14, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

I worked out why I thought Khawaja was a medium pacer, its because I read the following article.

Posted by Chris_P on (January 14, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

@whofriggincares. He is only here for comic releif, it is pathetic I agree.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 14, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

Ill take your word for it that Khawaja is an off-spinner. I had a look at his stats and he ahsnt bowled in any game I have seen so probably got the medium pacer of the Cricinfo profile. Cricinfo time to update your profile.

Posted by Chris_P on (January 14, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

@Meety. Like you I am a little bamboozled how they got those points when yoou didn't even mention England. I think the UK (For Usman Khawaja) may have triggered the response, maybe careful reading is needed? I like Moises in the team, I prefer he play this than T20, but would really want him to play shield & continue his development. I also think the UK (Khawaja that is) brigade are shaking their poms poms just a little too much. Yes, he is talented, yes he has great potential, but seriously, he, as our friend landl47 points out, he is not standing up demanding selection. he is still in the pack.

Posted by Chris_P on (January 14, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

@TrueLankan. Inury ridden? So the fact Pattinson, Hilfenaus, Cummins, Harris, Watson were injured & out means nothing?.Just be very glad that Pattinson & Cummins were out, otherwise it would have been very, very ugly. Warner pathetic? Interesting.

Posted by Mary_786 on (January 14, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

@Jayzus i really feel sorry for Khawaja too, we are not arguing that he is in the top 6 ODI batsman but should have got 2 matches. Shaggy076 Khawaja bowls off spin and got Sangakara our with off spin. @Cameron Dickson is correct, the issue we have is with our top order and we need good top order batsman such as Khawaja not half wit allrounders such as Maxwell. Maxwell has potiential, but at the moment he is just spending too much time walking around the crease, his techniques was appalling last night. And hasn't scored any decent runs or taken wickets for awhile either.

Posted by Markdal on (January 14, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

John Inverarity was one of my idols, and I was excited when he took over from Hilditch. I think he, along with the other selectors are missing something though. What did Cutting do wrong? Khawaja has an unlucky runout and gets flicked, after missing a heap of cricket as a 'shadow player' for the Test team. Henriques is all potential, no result, and Maxwell isn't up to it with either bat or ball. A poor man's Andrew Symonds, if you will. John, think about the 2015 WC in 2014, not now. Some of the guys you are picking won't even be playing 1st Class cricket come 2015!

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (January 14, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

@meursault i agree with you completely, as one of Khawaja's fan i am not saying that he is in the best 5 ODI batsman but that he should have got a second match. Well spoken mate and Maxwell should be no where near the team but obviously he is a favorite of the selector and wrongly so. @mjay1992 is also correct. @Shaggy076 i think you saw the wrong highlights, Hyclass is right, i was actually at the chairman's X1 and Khawaja bowled off spin and bowls useful offies as well, surprised he doesn't get much of a ball but then again nothing about Khawaja's selection surprises me anymore. I do agree with Shaggy076 that Khawaja should focus on test cricke but still being dropped after 1 game is not right. Hearing the commentators(Border, Blewitt and Macgill) on fox today and they were all surprised Khawaja got dropped as well.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (January 14, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

Yep, all a bit of an overreaction. It was just one game. Loved @Mikey76's comment. That was the worst Australian team ever. So AUS are doomed to lose the Ashes, he says. Too bad there was only one player from the test team playing. Doh! Gotta live the poms. Good at trolling, but not a lot happening upstairs.

Posted by Moppa on (January 14, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

@DeekshaSpeaks, interesting comparison, but Glenn Maxwell doesn't have three first class triple centuries. In fact, he has only one first class century. @Winsome, I don't understand your logic - we made a mistake with Steve Smith, so we should repeat it with Maxwell???? I should add, I think with work one day Maxwell could be an effective short-form player, but he's miles away now and I think players should be picked on performance, not potential. He needs to consistently and economically bowl 6-10 overs in List A for Victoria, and show form as a 'finisher'. That plus his fielding would make an excellent ODI player. Right now his batting is flaky, bowling unreliable/unused and only his fielding gives anything.

Posted by whofriggincares on (January 14, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

@redandwhitearmy, do you realise that everything thing you say is rubbish and has no basis in fact? The quote that you mentioned in inverted commas about the birds and the ashes blah blah blah , has only been said by you! There is very few aussie fans saying we are shoe ins for the ashes, that is only being said by english fans, and it is only aussie fans that are saying we are some sort of hope to beat England. Most pommy fans have already accepted the urn and dribbled out the pathetic speeches. Try saying something with some sort of meaning. I think I am the only person who is silly enough to even comment on your sad and repetitive posts. Cant help it though because EVERYTHING you say is rubbish. Not one meaningful post EVER. All of this blooding of players and selection upheaval is aimed at winning the world cup and beating England. Remember the last time you took us lightly ? 5-0 whitewash .

Posted by DylanBrah on (January 14, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

@Winsome - but Maxwell's domestic stats show he is at best a part-timer in DOMESTIC cricket. How is it that he is being backed as an allrounder in International cricket?

Posted by DylanBrah on (January 14, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

Yes @amilag you judge a team from 1 match and dismiss the previous 4 matches. FOH.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 10:27 GMT)

Posted on at Jan 13 2013, 20:51 PM GMT

Quote .... "I have to agree with your observations. How many ODI's are played on green seaming wickets?? People come to watch lots of runs and lots of entertainment, but the wicket played like a Test Match Green Top. And then with the selection of the Aust Team ....... WOW!!! Pulling apart a team that won by 100-runs. How obvious is that??? Wouldn't have happened if Clarke was captain.

Now that it is one all, does cricket Australia expect there to be increased interest in the games, increased attendance, increased ratings??? Now the stage is set for the "glorious" return of Clarke and the Clarke-men to "rescue" Australia from an "embarrassing series defeat"!!!! On that night we will be a nice flat wicket and a team filled with wicket taking bowlers." End Quote

Have friends who refuse to watch this farce. Can anyone be that blind?? Pitiful!!!

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 14, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

RedWHiteArmy - I cant see the relevance of this one-day game where only 1 player playing is likely to play in the Ashes series to the Ashes test. Maybe you can point out the relevance?

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 14, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

HycIass- The only time I saw Khawaja bowl he bowled medium pace. I believe I also saw the hightlight of the Sangakkara dismissal ad I believe he bowled medium pace there as well.

Posted by DeekshaSpeaks on (January 14, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

Glenn Maxwell is the Australian equivalent of Ravindra Jadeja. They're both clearly brimming with talent, are brilliant fielders and infuse vitality and energy into the side; but in terms of actual performances are zilch. But whereas India is singularly lacking in options, Australia does have all-rounders who have performed well for them, and several more knocking at the door. Keeping that in mind, sticking with Maxwell seems pointless. Also dropping Khawaja and Finch after barely a match or two has got to be demoralizing for them.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 14, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

HycIass - Personally I find the test cricket to be the umber one format which is the reaso i was happy with Warner and Clarke resting. As for one day cricket there is so many players of similar ability to Khawaja that I would leave him out and let him concentrate on preparing for test cricket. Your right #6 doesnt have to be a bowler but you can see from Adelaide with Doherty and the very part time 5th option we didnt have enough bowling options to keep the pressure on Sri Lanka. I would personally prefer to see Wade bat at 6 and a Faulkner type player come in at 7. HTen there is no release for the opposition batsman and Sri Lankans dont like the pressure of pace bowling. Under your scenario wouldnt you choose Finch first as he has been absolutely dominant in domestic cricket. I dont think the number 7 gets to play many substancial innings in the one-day game and when they are required too the pitch would also be conducive to bowling and thus what you loose in runs you gain with ball.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (January 14, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

What a difference a game makes. After the 1st game all you heard from the plastics was "the suns shining & the birds are singing & were gonna win the ashes". Now its all doom & gloom. hahahaaa

Posted by Foxswoop on (January 14, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

I'm from NSW who a lot of people acuse of getting the rub of the green (so to speak). I cannot however, agree with Henriques selection. This bloke has been around for a while now and been a major dissapointment. I thought he was going to be the best all rounder in Oz many years ago but the fact is, he simply has not got better, If anything, he has gone backwards. His bowling is very ordinary (short with no real thought) and his batting is far from impressive. He started out this season OK but if anybody that has watched the big bash will know, he just hasn't got it. Cutting is a much better prospect, he should have been given an extended run.

Posted by amilag on (January 14, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

Ha..Ha...Second ODI gave them a shock and that is the real standard of Ausie players.Loss of Hussey going to hurt Ausies in big time! Let us see at least this time they give a real fight to mighty Lions.

Posted by KhanMitch on (January 14, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

@Meety am i now allowed to write back after Lewis's comments in 11 minutes, have you considered that some of these comments get put up within 2 minutes which allows us to respond quickly. Surely rathern then try to discredit me you can talk with respect on my views which you may not agree with but which we are entitled to have.

Posted by hycIass on (January 14, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

@Lewi_Taylor i completely agree with your summary on Khawja, i would ask anyone who doubts that whether Khawaja has been treated fairly to read that blog. Khawaja has from the very start had limited opportunities and the same trend continued with the ODI call. Surely the guy deserved more then one game. @Shaggy076 I would say that we can at the very least leave Khawaja in the squad and if an opportunity comes up he is ready to play game 2 but as you already ackknowledgeed he should be the first one in for test matches in India for M Hussey's replacement and that would be his priority too.Also what many people don't realise is that Khawaja can bowl off spin which he got Sangakara out in the warm up game with.

Posted by Winsome on (January 14, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

Good post landl47, that is exactly what is happening and an excellent point about the number of players who are first picks. I don't understand what is the problem for some of the Aus fans. Players need time to adjust to international cricket, this why the selectors are being persistent with Maxwell. Steve Smith has played a number of matches for Aus now and showed little, they are going to give Maxwell the same opportunities. Or at least you would hope so. I'm not a huge fan of his, but he may turn out to be a very good player given some experience.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 14, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

AusCricketFan - That is a good side. I would only make one change as Patterson doesnt even play one-dayers at Ryobi cup level. I would replace him with Hilfenhaus in our best team.

Posted by Meety on (January 14, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

@ landl47 on (January 14 2013, 07:08 AM GMT) - interesting, but I don't agree that Oz players are "mediocre". Pick a statistically better Pommy ODI side, than 1. Warner, 2. Watson, 3. Clarke, 4. Ferguson, 5. Bailey, 6. DHussey, 7. Wade, 8. Johnson, 9. Starc, 10. Harris, 11. McKay. I cheated by not including a frontline spinner, although it's got Clarke & Hussey. 3 of the pacers I selected are mongst the best strike bowlers in ODI history (going on career ODI S/Rates) + MJ who is statistically better than all your seamers (only Broad comes close). Kieswietter is superior to Wade, but not Haddin. The batting is close, but would you select Trott (high ave, low S/R), Watto has a higher ave & S/R than either Cook or Bell, but KP is a better batsmen, but Watto is a genuine 5th bowler in ODIs who is superior to Bresnan, Anderson on Ave & S/R. Pup's ave is only behind Trott, Morgan beats DHussey on batting ave but not S/R. All is moot unless of course you think England is mediocre too!

Posted by oracle199 on (January 14, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

Some very good comments here....hyclass and landl47 in particular. Just when you think you've got your head around the NSP 'direction', they blow you out of the water with irresponsible selections! There doesn't appear to be much tactical consideration either, particularly in the Test line-up with combinations of left/right handers/armers, etc. And what's with all the injuries? Obviously something fundamentally flawed in this department - it's like the Essendon FC last season....too much time in the gym and not enough time on the park - and the ensuing soft tissue curse. Feel for Khawaja, deserves more of a go......and if Invers hasn't heard from Watson in several days then it's feasible he doesn't care and the marshmellow rhino is on the outer. The question remains: Which of these guys is going to grab their chance, perform under pressure when it counts, and go on to be the next great Australian player?

Posted by meursault on (January 14, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

@Shaggy076: Those you call Khawaja fans here (like myself) are not necessarily arguing that he's one of the best 5 ODI batsmen currently available, but there's no reason why we should only pick 5 batsmen for our ODI team. Since when did number 6 have to be an allrounder? D Hussey and Clarke bowl anyway, at much the same standard as Maxwell. This means that there's one place for an extra bat in the top six right now (in Watson's absence) and the Adelaide match shows why that person should be a real batsman. I was advocating either Sean Marsh (for long term short-form potential) or Khawaja (using these meaningless one-dayers to test him out for the infinitely more important test matches coming up where he probably is in the top 5 batsmen in the country). A week ago the selectors clearly wanted to experiment with an eye to picking the test team for India & England and for WC 2015. If they still do, it worries me that Maxwell is being preferred in the top six to Khawaja and S Marsh.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (January 14, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

@DylanBrah, Henriques is not a good short format player? You obviously haven't been watching too many games. He can be absolutely devastating. I'm afraid there are a few too many misinformed opinions like this in these few articles about the rotation thing. Ms y of these players are very talented, what is debatable is whether we are blooding them too soon and too many at a time, and in doing so, adversely affecting the development of some like Khawaja, who can't get a decent run.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (January 14, 2013, 7:57 GMT)

@landl47 your comparison ignores the fact that most of these are new to the scene, and won't hit their peak for years to come. You just can't dismiss them as mediocre or say they suck because they are not automatic selections after a few games. Even guys like Warner and starc, who Beverly played a season or two, are at the beginning of their careers. Gillchrist, S Waugh, M Taylor, Hayden, Hussey were all either late bloomers or dropped before they showed they were any good. Most had crap averages for long periods.

Posted by Meety on (January 14, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

@Hyclass/Shaggy076 - notice how Dean Fleming replied to Lewis within 11 minutes! @ Dashgar on (January 14 2013, 04:06 AM GMT) - I really like Henriques, but honestly, the way Cutting batted yesterday, I really think we get a bit more from him than Henriques!

Posted by Meety on (January 14, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

@SamRoy on (January 14 2013, 04:44 AM GMT) - excuse me, but where did I mention England or Tests? I think Maxwell would do well in India (batting-wise) in Tests @Chris_Mcintosh on (January 14 2013, 05:31 AM GMT) - your the 2nd person who has quizzed me regarding England. The only thing I can think of, is I abbreviated Khawaja to UK. NOWHERE did I mention Tests or England! Also, WHERE did I say Ussie doesn't deserve another chance? Of course he does, but the window he was given was ONE match, as we have BETTER players coming back. Based on the team selected - it would seem our top 4 will be Hughes/Warner/Bailey/Clarke - which of those 4 would you drop for Khawaja? @hyclass on (January 14 2013, 06:03 AM GMT) - I am happy enuff to assume (for the time being) that Smith & Khawaja knew the deal when they got drafted into the squad. All I've read about Inverarity is that he is straight to the point. @

Posted by ShehanJ on (January 14, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

Now this is the team Sri Lanka need to beat. The team they beat in the 2nd ODI was just an experimental B team. Plus SL had the luck of winning the toss and making use of the overcast conditions. Malinga may have got 3 wickets and Ajantha 1, but they still haven't bowled to expectations. Now that Clarke, Warner, Wade, Starc and Johnson are back my money is on the Aussies for the 3rd ODI.

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 14, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

@Australian supporters: Don't forget that the Sri Lankan side for the 3rd test and and both ODIs were injury ridden. This squad will struggle against an injury ridden Mighty Lankan side. Looks pathetic with names like Warner, Henriques and Maxwell.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 7:15 GMT)

Wow good to see this is another "hot' topic

It must be hard for players to be in and out of the team and squad like this i dont see why that cant have 15 players or more they r targeting for the ODI squad

I agree with evreyone Maxwell although he can field had shown nothing with bat and ball and Doherty hasent really done alot for the team as of yet. Khawaja should be able to claim a spot some where as should finch they are both good batsman and are worth of another shot Squad: as does Smith he had been better than maxwell so far What even happend to C Fergason, D Christian, S Marsh and M Marsh all still worthy youd think ? Squad P Hughes, D Warner, M Clarke, D Hussey, Khawaja, Finch, Bailey ( For Now) Cutting ( Showed enough) Johnson, MC Kay, Starc, Smith, M Wade, S Marsh, M Marsh, C Fergason, D Christian, N Lyon, S Watson, Cummings, Pattinson ect Have a list of players they are going to target for the future not go all over the place chopping and changing

Posted by DylanBrah on (January 14, 2013, 7:14 GMT)

Why don't the selectors look at the stats? Maxwell is clearly not an international standard bowler. They keep selecting guys like Cutting and Henriques who are not great short form players. Xavier Doherty has taken something like 3 wickets @200 in his last 10 ODI's.... COME ON ALREADY.

Posted by landl47 on (January 14, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

Those of you who really understand cricket know what is happening. Aus has a bunch of players all about the same standard, which you can either call 'depth' or 'mediocrity'- it amounts to the same thing. The selectors are using the opportunity in a series which really doesn't matter that much to see whether any of them show signs of being able to step up to the next level. Don't forget, the selectors are seeing them in practice as well as in the games.

A good side has 7 or 8 players who are automatic selections. A very good side has 9 or10. Look at Aus in, say, 2006 and you could reel off all 11. A side which only has 5 or 6 doesn't have enough top quality players. How many of this Aus side are automatic?

Inver uses words like 'hope' (6 times), 'trying to develop' and 'good experience'. Those aren't words you use about top-level players. Aus, with Hussey's retirement, is short on proven international-quality players. That's why so many are in the frame.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 14, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

righthandbat - I reckon Sri Lanka can score over 100 runs on that fifth bowler, and what for Khawaja to have an occasional bat. You dont need a batsman at number 6 in one-day cricket. Clarke is a fantastic bowler but shouldnt touch the ball in the one-day series because we need him to be fit and ready to bowl in India. The Maxwell solution should be solved with either Cutting, Christian, Faulkner or Hopes and bat Wade at 6.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 14, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

MadHamish - Not sure what point you are making to me. I agree Maxwell is not up to bowling 10 overs so do you propose Khawaja takes that positon. I'd love to face the Aussie fifth bowler in that scenario. You can argue Cutting, Faulkner, Christian, Hopes etc to replace Maxwell but not Khawaja.

Posted by righthandbat on (January 14, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

I would love Australia to drop Doherty, Maxwell, etc and play: Hughes, Warner, Clarke, Bailey, D. Hussey, Khawaja, Wade, Johnson, Starc, McKay, Bird. The four quicks bowl 10, Clarke, D. Hussey and Warner can bowl the other 10.

Posted by Big-Dog on (January 14, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

James Faulkner is the best allrounder in the country. Henriques is nowhere near him in one day cricket stats this season & why is Maxwell still there. He has never made a contribution since he was first selected...with either bat or ball.

Posted by KhanMitch on (January 14, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

@Lewis absolutely fantastic summary of Khawaja, this trend of him being dropped after 1 game has been doing on for a while, selectors think that the fans don't notice it but we do and its not acceptable. They have been treating him pretty poorly though, twice on standby for Clarke, not played in the last test at the SCG and now dropped after six balls, this is not fair on the classy left hander.

Posted by hyclass on (January 14, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

A great PR exercise for Inverarity. Not so great for those players brought in and then omitted. What else did you think Smith and Khawaja were going to say Invers? What was really on their minds and then risk their international careers? Surely not what everyone else was saying-that selecting a player for one match, particularly a debut match puts way too much pressure on and causes the kind of misjudgements like Khawaja's run-outs. If you're going to select Smith or Khawaja, then select them properly.Give them a decent run. Regardless of my views on Khawaja, I expect the NSP to operate with professionalism.To expect a new player to come in and respond in the same way that say an experienced player would is plain stupid.Next time get it right. All this rubbish about being around the set-up or on the training camps is so much smoke and mirrors. CA have lost the plot.They don't need to retrain players at this level. They simply need to ensure consistency of process creating certainty.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (January 14, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

I feel very sorry for Khawaja. He was injury cover for Ponting in the 2010 Boxing Day Ashes test and not used, used as injury cover for Ponting at the SCG test. Goes on tour to SL and plays better than Marsh in the tour match, so gets first crack at the empty middle order spot of no.6 (previously held by North and Smith). Makes 21, 26 and 16* (declared on as rain was threatening and Clarke wanted to force a result,this is the same road of a pitch that Shaun Marsh scored his hundred on as Ponting's replacement at no.3 - Ponting went back to Australia for the birth of his child). Khawaja dropped. Marsh gets injured in SA and Khawaja comes back in and top scores in the Jo'burg run chase. Khawaja then plays the NZ series and is unluckily run out by Ponting at the Gabba and is dropped next game. Then he was close second for Punter's spot and on standby twice for Clarke in the last 2 tests and now this ODI dropping, unbelievable, Slater was right to say that he is not being treated fairly.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 14, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

Whilst I dont agree with the all-round options that have been picked ie Maxwell and Henriques as they really havent done a lot of bowling but we cant put a batsman in that posiiton and rely on Dave Hussey to bowl all 10 overs. The 6/7 battind position has to be someone that can get through 10 overs personally I would prefer a Faulkner, Christian or a Cutting to Henriques or Maxwell but we just wouldnt have enough bowling options if we were to pick a Finch, Marsh or Khawaja.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 14, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

Edwards_A; I have never put the guy down give me one comment I have said that has put him down, I'm just trying to reason with his unreasonable supporters. Not one of his suppporters have given me a suggestion on who we should drop instead of Khawaja. Give me a name Clarke, Warner, Hughes, Bailey or D Hussey. For Khawaja to play one of them has to be dropped. You use the pioint about being the third highest run-scorer in the Ryobi cup - so you have no issue with the highest run scorer getting dropped. I want to see him in the test side, I just dont believe his stats gets him into the best one-day side. I need a Khawaja supporter to come out and tell me which of those 5 batsman shouldnt play, should Khawaja also play before Finch. I agree Maxwell is not a better batsman than Khawaja, but in a one-day side a fifth bowler needs to bowl 10 overs. I reckon we should pick someone instead of Maxwell who can get through 10 overs but he is not taking Khawaja spot as he is not a bowling option.

Posted by Mary_786 on (January 14, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

@Meety i like SamRoy also thought highly of your blogs, but if you think that Maxwell will do well in England with his technique and terrible offies then you will be hiding after the ashes series. Also how you can say that Khawaja doesn't deserve another chance is beyond me. I remember reading, maybe in Andy Bichel (cause he fits the type) biography. That being picked and never playing had a detrimental effect. You could be picked in a squad never picked in the playing XI and not play a game of cricket for a month. All the net sessions in the world doesn't equate to game time and all this unfair treatment can't be good for Khawaja's confidence. Given that our top order batting is an issue, it is criminal that Khawaja is still not in the team and that the new blood gets thrown in the bin for the return of posers. I'm furious.

Posted by Mad_Hamish on (January 14, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

@Shaggy076 considering Maxwell has never bowled 10 overs in a ODI, only once more than 5 and averages under 5 overs per match in list A matches there's not much evidence that he's capable of bowling 10 overs in a one day match, never mind that it's expected. Based on what he's displayed with the bat & ball in internationals so far if he does bowl 10 overs he'd better pull off some ripping efforts in the field...

Posted by auscrktfan on (January 14, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

My best XI for Australia in ODI's, if every player was fit and available.. Warner, Watson, Hughes, Clarke, Bailey, D Hussey, Wade, Johnson, Pattinson, Cummins and Doherty.. What a dream that would be.. Only question I have is on Doherty, don't know if he is the long term answer, maybe Beer or O'Keefe could be given a crack.. Warner, Clarke and Hussey can provide a few overs of PT spin, and Watson is the only allrounder worthy of the spot at the moment..

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (January 14, 2013, 5:22 GMT)

@Bikkie Ess makes no sense to drop Khawaja after 1 game, its just not fair. He is the 3rd best batsman in Ryobi this year Shaggy076 so not sure why you keep putting the guy down. @Meety makes a good point tha tKhawaja is right in front of the selectors mind and i hope that means he gets M Hussey's spot in the India tour. @mjay1992 has a point, giving a guy like him 1 game where he gets run out will only break his confidence but i don't think it will in his case, he is too good of a player to let that happen. And how the hec does Maxwell get ahead of Khawaja after failures in 6 games.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 14, 2013, 5:18 GMT)

SamRoy - Good observation. I cant believe how many first class games that Kane Richardson has played that this was the first time ever called. Its got to be demoralising for the lad to have that happen to him on the international stage. I've watched him bowl all this season and dont believe his run-up has changed throughout the year. The first time any commentator picked it up was Chris Cairns in the 7th Big Bash match, that means he went through a lot of cricket without ever being informed there was an issue. Hope he can bounce back.

Posted by NikhilGupta03 on (January 14, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

i would have gone along with Shaun Marsh as a reserve opener and drop moses henriques. This is not because of his immense talent which cannot be ignored, but because currently shaun is in the form of his life. The selectors need to pick him soon and make sure he gets enough games under his belt.Unfortunately for Australia the Marsh brothers have been made the scapegoat far too often.I just hope Shaun Marsh is soon inducted into the side as he would invigourate the batting with his strokeplay. Otherwise a fair selection,I agree with selection of Maxwell as he is a clean striker of the ball, and his will only get better withh experience .

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (January 14, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

Unfortunately this unrotation policy is a long term commitment. It will take two years to see the results, and that is what has to be acknowledged. In the short term it is creating problems, especially with so many players coming in and out of the team, and some who must be pretty peed off- e.g Khawaja. But to be fair he's probably not amongst the best 6 or 7 ODI batsmen in the country right now. What is clear is that the public and former players are unhappy, but mostly because their favourite players are not getting the best opportunities. The truth is we do have a better depth than Eng and esp SA, so we are in a unique position to experiment. But yeah, it might fail badly. But if they have the goolies to stick with it for two years while the public are calling for heads, we may emerge as the strongest cricketing power again, and by a long way. I wouldn't worry about the poms such as Mikey76. It's always the same story with them, AUS is yet to hit rock bottom, blah blah blah...

Posted by RoJayao on (January 14, 2013, 5:10 GMT)

Pretty disappointed for Uzi, finchy and Cutting, what's the point giving them one game, or two in Finchs case? What if Uzi had made a ton in the first game, was he still to be dropped? Cutting looked alright, and can bat, so why the need for Henriques? It's this kind of scattergun selection that got the last NSP fired!

Posted by Moppa on (January 14, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

@Cameron Dicksen, in an ODI we need to cobble together 10 overs from a person or people other than our 4 front-liners. This is why Maxwell's retention is so puzzling: notionally he's an all-rounder, but no one wants to bowl him! Anyone want to guess how many overs he has bowled in the entire BBL? Three! (from seven games, i.e. a maximum of 28 overs). Similarly, Steve Smith is an 'all-rounder' who hardly bowls. D.Hussey is far more reliable than either. So we should drop Maxwell for the next best batsman (irrespective of bowling ability) and then either play a guy like Ben Cutting or a more traditional all-rounder (e.g. Henriques) as a fifth bowler. We're way short of batting with Maxwell at 6 and I don't think Henriques adds enough in either discipline to make up for the shortfall. If Maxwell could consistently give you 6-10 overs, I'd be perfectly happy with him at 7 as a hitter - but no good wishing for things you don't have.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

I think will never changed the game. Because Aussies have good replacement batsmens. But Audience can see the talented players.

Posted by SamRoy on (January 14, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

Kane Richardson's inclusion in the Australian Team shows how useless all these bio-mechanics experts are and in general how horrible coaches are. I mean that guy has the terrible run up and follow through and any umpire will be forced to remove him after 3 deliveries, so bad is his run up. Yet, no umpire or coach in Australian Domestic Cricket ever pointed out that problem. This is a huge problem, as big a problem as chucking. Also that run-up makes you vulnerable to injuries. Even when he came round the wicket his back leg was outside the crease and it was a no ball every time. I am surprised nobody pointed out on this forum.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 14, 2013, 4:46 GMT)

I just knew this selection was again to bring out all the Khawaja hysteria again. Franly I'm quite sick of it. Look at the reality 5 batsman in this squad Warner, Hughes, Clarke, Hussey and Bailey which one do you propose they drop for Khawaja. Comparing Henriques and Maxwell is also stupidity, one of these guys will play and will be expected to bowl 10 overs - can Khawaja bowl 10 overs when he has never bowled that in a first class game. It was quite clear from the selectors that he was only in the side as a short term replacement for the Warners and Clarkes - he had a tast and will have to wait for his next opportunity. He is not the first player to be selected for an injured playerand then dropped once the first choice player became available (refer S Lawand many others). Out of the outgoing players the only one you should feel sorry for his Aaron Finch because his dominance at domestic level was way above Khawaja's. SO khawaja fans move on and wait for the next test match.

Posted by SamRoy on (January 14, 2013, 4:44 GMT)

@Meety I always thought you were one of the most sensible Aussie bloggers, but if you think Maxwell will do well with his current technique in England, mate you are seriously joking. If he plays tests in England he will become Ajit Agarkar in Australia or Guptill until his last innings in SA. I predict only single digit scores and mostly binary ones for him.

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (January 14, 2013, 4:42 GMT)

Would have thought Cutting would have had another chance ahead of Henriques especially at Brisbane. Not sure about this scattergun approach with bowlers. Quiney, Finch, Maxwell ..... still showing that Dean Jones was the last Victorian able to hold a bat to any discernible effect.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

Maxwell should have to be the most overrated player in the world. Pathetic with the bat and hopeless with the ball. If they are to make a player of Dilshan's mold, Maxwell isn't the answer.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

So where is the consistency in selection? The selectors "rate Maxwell highly" as "a batsman who bowls". After 2 games with no runs and no wickets, he's still in the squad, whereas Finch is gone after 2, and Smith and Khawaja gone after 1. And Cutting, who was easily the best of the newcomers, is also gone after 1. Beats me. I really love my cricket, and have done for decades, but the disappointment and dissatisfaction levels are really on the rise. By the way, who do the selectors answer to? Anyone?

Posted by LesterArgen on (January 14, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

Can't see why they would go Moises. What about a young up and comer like Will Sheridan or James Faulkner?

Posted by Sachit1979 on (January 14, 2013, 4:21 GMT)

What happened to Tim Paine? Is he not being considered anymore? I hope makes into the side for tour of India. He is the one who performed well in Indian conditions few years back.

Posted by Meety on (January 14, 2013, 4:11 GMT)

It has been well noted, (since the Argus review), that communication between "management/NSP" & players has improved dramatically. There has been an emphasis on explaining where players are in the scheme of things & what they need to do, to get selected. Unless Khawaja comes out & says he has been told nothing, given articles where Inverarity has publicly stated what Ussie needs to do, the reality is in all liklihood - Ussie knows EXACTLY where he stands, & would be pleased he is near the front of selectors minds in BOTH Tests & ODIs. Whilst he didn't get many runs, his fielding did look to be at International standard (the run out an obvious highlight). IMO, he is more of a long term chance for the ODI side, I'd still rate Finch ahead of him. I would also say that Khawaja was VERY lucky to get an ODI game ahead of Ferguson or Voges, both players have proven ODI stats.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 4:11 GMT)

So i guess the question is, who's next in line to be dropped for game 4 and then 5?? Some rotation policy!

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

I wouldnt have dropped cutting for Moses. Cutting is a much better bowler and is in very good form with the bat, so really he would be the bowling allrounder. I understand smith getting dropped. i think it was either usman or phil to be dropped and they went with usman, fair enough. cricket is only 11 players, cant field 22 players.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (January 14, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

Alistair McDermott seems to be going the way of Mark "Afghanistan" Waugh - the forgotten Waugh. McDermott is clearly the best bowler in Australia yet to be given a chance. Amazing to think that both Cutting and Kane Richardson of all people got a chance based on a hunch while McDermott is regularly getting bucketloads and gets ignored. I am all for trying out new players, but please let's try the good ones.

Posted by Dashgar on (January 14, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

Pretty powerful looking squad although I don't know why Cutting and Richardson have both been cut from the squad for Henriques. Both bowled really well in tough conditions at Adelaide and deserved another go. Obviously both can't play but at least one should still be there.

Posted by Meety on (January 14, 2013, 4:04 GMT)

@PFEL on (January 14 2013, 03:33 AM GMT) - well said! Glad some commentators on here are NOT on the NSP! Otherwise we'll get Khawaja in, Pup out. I am a fan of Khawaja, but his noisy "fan-base" is bordering on Sachin-like fervour! Khawaja got a game as there was an opportunity due to 3 of our usual top 4 either being rested or injured (Warner, Watto & Pup). Of the 3 debutants given a crack - only one grabbed their opportunity fully. Comparing Maxwell's chances with Khawaja is complete folly, as whilst Maxwell still has a bit to do to cement a spot, he offers great potential in bowling & is arguably the best fielder in the country, & is a low order batsmen versus UK's upper order. That said, IF winning a game was the priority, the conditions at Adelaide Oval (with a 50% chance of having to bat first), meant that Ussie should of played instead of one of Smith or Maxwell in this game.

Posted by hmmmmm... on (January 14, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

Soon we will have a team made up of bits and pieces players like maxwell, steve smith, henriques...I'm sure there are other in the selectors minds. I wonder when averaging below 30 batting and 40+ bowling made you a "genuine all-rounder"?

Posted by Lovetesh on (January 14, 2013, 3:52 GMT)

What I liked in the whole process is the clarity of communication between selectors and players. Those who are selected have clear idea what is their role in the team and those who are dropped/omit are clearly told why they are dropped, what is expected from them in the domestic matches and where they stand in the selection process? This clarity and communication is missing in BCCI selection process. Why Rohit keep getting selected? We don't know. Why Tiwari keep getting ignored? We don't know. Why in form Pujara did not play? We don't know. Why Shami Ahmed after good performance in debut match dropped? We don't know.

Posted by meursault on (January 14, 2013, 3:42 GMT)

Exactly, Mad_Hamish: Yes, Khawaja should have been given more than one chance (Clarke & Bailey couldn've batted 4 and 5); and yes, Maxwell has done nothing to justify his retention, but at least continued mediocre performances might keep him further away from the Test team. They might test Paine later in the summer if Haddin's injury is bad and Wade joins the tour to India early to acclimatise to the spinning wickets.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 3:35 GMT)

moises shouldnt be in there hes not good enough! paine should be given a shot! same with hazelwood! the marsh brothers will should be around the mark i no mitch is out but he is a gun! need to find better players then maxwell and smith too! trying one of the young leggies zampa or boyce would be a good idea too

Posted by PFEL on (January 14, 2013, 3:33 GMT)

Khawaja was lucky to get one game to begin with. He's well back in the line of potential ODI batsmen in the country.

Posted by antselector on (January 14, 2013, 3:31 GMT)

Well atleast Arthur is role modeling his policy (rotating out for a game) Hilarious! I must say, when Australia were the envy of the world in both Tests and ODI, they had set teams. Admitedly a team of fantastic talent, but how can our players become the legends that we have had in past if they are in for 2 and out as soon as they came in? Seriously, McGrath, Lee, Gillespie, Warne, McDermott, Reid all played both forms of the game as fast bowlers and were injured far less than our current crop. As for the batsmen, keepers and spinners, please let them prove themselves and if not drop them after a good chance. Understand there was no IPL and 20/20 in years gone by, but let the players make their own mind up. At the end of the day, it is money that is making them play more, and if they break down, it is their own responsibility and loss of income if they do too much. Players need to know they are in the team or out, not kind of in the team. PLEASE STOP with this nonsense!

Posted by Meety on (January 14, 2013, 3:18 GMT)

@Heisenburg on (January 14 2013, 02:15 AM GMT) - not sure if my 1st post got thru - but I agree re: Doherty. I am all for him in T20s, but he is not a good enuff wicket taking option in the middle overs IMO. We'd nearly be better off having DHussey as our main spin weapon for ODIs.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 3:13 GMT)

Khawaja had a problem in fielding skill. He did it better, didn't he (what a run out)? Now they will say, mate you have to improve running between the wicket (no problem with PH, did he call NO loudly!!). Poor Khawaja!!

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (January 14, 2013, 3:10 GMT)

So let me get this stragith, maxwell gets 4 chances and khawaja gets 1? who the hec are the talent spotters in this team? i mean cmon this is just ridiculous. i understand that khawaja had chances before this series, but he has gone away and worked on his game and has improved alot, why not give him a chance to show it? we dont need these half way allrounders(i.e maxwell) in the team, we are not struggling with bowling talent, its the batting we need to strengthen!i wonder what would have happened if khawaja made 100+ in the first game, would he still have been dropped? or would they keep him in and make out like they are geniuses for putting him there? I can't believe this.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 2:56 GMT)

@Heiisenburg - problem is we dont have another spin bowler. My opinion is pick another pace/medium pace bowler. We have a lot of fast bowlers who will do a job in the ODI format. Use Clarke, D Huss as spin bowlers if you have to.

Moises Henriques..???? are you joking? Ah thats right we must have as many NSW in the team as possible.

Posted by KhanMitch on (January 14, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

How can you drop Uzzy after one game in which he was run out??????How the hec do they drop Cutting and Khawaja after giving them one game? Are they doffing their caps to us vocal minority, motioning they know we want fairness consistency and reward for good form? So by my count that's going to be 6 debutants in 3 games. Way to devalue the team. Maxwell had better make 120 not and take 5/30 off 10 overs…though he probably needs to make 10 and he will get a test berth. Surely Khawaja deserved one more game.

Posted by DylanBrah on (January 14, 2013, 2:51 GMT)

Why did Khawaja only get one game, when Finch gets two? Khawaja deserves to play the whole series without any pressure, but obviously they are not happy with his running between the wickets!

Posted by cardmak on (January 14, 2013, 2:44 GMT)

Aussie selectors are out to kill the career of a select few cricketers including Khwaja, Finch. Selection policies appears bizarre. Why would you select a cricketer for one or two games and later dump them. Only they know better, I guess!!

Posted by mjay1992 on (January 14, 2013, 2:35 GMT)

Khawaja should have been given another opportunity- the selectors do a great job at breaking his confidence. maxwell's been just as ineffective with bat and ball

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 2:32 GMT)

this would be a better austrialian team,i guess!! i think australian dominating period is all over..with the likes of hussey and ponting,they sustained their reputation,but they have not been professional enough to dominate world right now..nevertheless,to be very honest,shield cricket is best form of domestic their future is in safe hands.

Posted by Heisenburg on (January 14, 2013, 2:15 GMT)

All Australia needs is Shane Watson back and a better spin bowler, then we have the best possible squad.

Posted by Meety on (January 14, 2013, 1:57 GMT)

Dissapointed for Cutting. I thought he had a good debut. Happy for Henriques, but I think his inclusion is a touch premature, hope he will do well. Lot of talk about our pace bowlers & our batsmen, but not enuff (IMO) about how Doherty keeps gettings a game. I would love to see SO'K or Krezja given a go. Obviously had Holland been fit, he would of had a shot. My XI (subject to being fit) would be 1. Warner, 2. Watson, 3. Hughes, 4. Clarke (C), 5. Bailey, 6. DHussey, 7. Wade, 8. O'Keefe, 9. Cutting, 10. Starc, 11. McKay - 12th Maxwell (specialist fieldsmen). With Watto out of action, I'd of given Finch or Khawaja a go as opener or #3. Bailey's recent record in ODIs is such that I'd pick him over Ferguson. == == == Minor annoyance - (subject to further clarification), but we have a 5-day break between ODIs - yet Arthurs is unavailable for Friday & re-joins the team on the Saturday? Seems a bit petty, I'd understand if we had a Wednesday game.

Posted by mattbalmer on (January 14, 2013, 1:55 GMT)

No wonder we don't do very well, the selectors have no faith in any players, (Khawaja & Smith) yet they leave Glenn Maxwell who has struggled for Australia, and the ALL-ROUNDER is still yet to take a wicket.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 1:55 GMT)

Oh god this is too funny. Micky Arthur being rested for the brisbane game..... Let me guess - he's had a lot of games in a row now as coach and is entering the danger zone where he might pick up an injury?

What we really need is a pool of talented, promising coaches to call on for the tours of India & England - so that if one has to coach for a full test he can be rested and rotated out..............

Dear god help us when we get to England.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 1:48 GMT)

Why do you need 3 all-rounders for goodness sake? Henriques, Hussey and Maxwell and out of those three Maxwell has shown nothing to warrant future selection based on his most recent returns: 0/47 off 7.1 overs and 13 runs on the first two matches. Dave Hussey has acquitted himself well with the bat. The insistence of an all-rounder to cover Watson is baffling. If you have a 6 batsmen, 4 bowlers and a keeper, that's all you need. If you have a player who can bat and bowl with equal capacity, it's a bonus. Watson has now been bowled into the ground and in his place there's been no stand-out all-rounders to fill the void. Henriques figures aren't good enough to justify selection and nor are his ODI figures good enough. Maxwell's certainly not good enough either. There's enough specialist bowlers going around, Cutting should have been picked for sure. Should have had him, and Khawaja in as a specialist bat. This relentless pursuit of an all-rounder must end.

Posted by hycIass on (January 14, 2013, 1:42 GMT)

The selectors have marbles in their heads for dropping Khawaja. Has has been 12th man nearly all summer and has one shot where he got run-out and now he is gone again... Warner, Hughes, Khawaja, Clarke, Bailey, Hussey, Wade, Cutting, Johnson, Starc, Doherty, Bird should have been the lineup And how does Maxwell survive again, how is that rewarding performance. The Sri Lankans aren't at all troubled by his slow bowling (they could barely contain themselves last night) and his batting is embarrassing. He pointlessly charged his first delivery and then got out once again strolling down the pitch for no perceivable reason. Being a below average bowler and a well below average batsmen does not make one an all-rounder - yet he struts around like he's the saviour of Australian cricket.

Posted by PFEL on (January 14, 2013, 1:42 GMT)

All the right selections were made, really. Although i think the selectors are a bit overly fixated with Glenn Maxwell for some reason. There are plenty of specialist batsman i think that could be selected ahead of him.

Posted by RogerWaite on (January 14, 2013, 1:37 GMT)

If they are going to rest players then it should be done during overseas ODI's and T20's like what SA do with Dale Steyn. Tests and home ODI's and T20's need to be priority. This is common sense stuff, unlike the current approach. I'd hire Dennis Lillee as bowling coach and give him final decision on when to rest a bowler.

Posted by cccrider on (January 14, 2013, 1:32 GMT)

Maxwell is absolute rubbish at 2 of 3 disciplines.

Cutting has been dropped, not forced out, he was part of the original squad.

Posted by chicko1983 on (January 14, 2013, 1:31 GMT)

well, I think this is the best XI for Aus now. Warner, Wade, Hughes, Clarke, Bailey, Dussey, Maxwell, Henriques, Johnson, Starc, McKay Bat to 10; 4 seamers; 4 spin options; keeper-batsman to pinch hit; finishers in Clarke, Bailey and Dussey; and a great captain.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 1:25 GMT)

If they are searching for an allrounder, what the hell is Maxwell there for? He is neither a front line batsmen, nor is he a decent bowler...yet he keeps his spot at the expense of proper batsmen. I think Khawaja can feel a little disappointed - he only got one game!It seems Cricket Oz will do anything they can to confuse the public with their hair-brained selections. Seriously, going into a match with Clint McKay as your most experienced bowler?? And then quite happily take the loss?

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 14, 2013, 1:23 GMT)

Henriques is a very gifted player. But has he been in form? Or is this another experiment? Gotta feel for Finch, Smith and esp. Khawaja. You gotta give guys a real go! But now the returnees will be rusty! Love the rotation system. Great thinking. If it doesn't work, don't break it! BTW, just realised that there was only one guy on the field from the test series for the 2nd ODI - in the AUS team. This game only six left from the previous ODI. Now that's what I call rotation! You spin me right round, baby right round.... Whoa yeah! Just so dizzy, and that's just the chairman of selectors...

Posted by Chipperstein on (January 14, 2013, 1:22 GMT)

Hahahaha Mickey Arthur has himself in the rotation policy as well? Classic.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (January 14, 2013, 1:21 GMT)

Looking forward to watching Warner and Clarke back. Feel sory for Khawaja, surely he deserved more then 1 match after a unlucky run out. And Maxwell despite getting no wickets in the first 6 matches and no runs still gets another chance, i am assuming he is in the side for his fielding.

Posted by Enrico1973 on (January 14, 2013, 1:20 GMT)

Is it 'all hands on deck' after the hapless Lankans beat a 'C' side.... what???????

Posted by Mary_786 on (January 14, 2013, 1:19 GMT)

There is no doubt that the guys coming in are the best players and should come in. But how Khawaja can be dropped after 1 debut game is beyond me, i can only hope he will come into the squad in the next round of changes.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 1:16 GMT)

...and what if Henriques fails with ball and bat? who's the next lucky cap for game 4 and 5?

Posted by RaadQ on (January 14, 2013, 1:12 GMT)

Matthew Wade should not replace Brad Haddin, because Haddin has performed superbly and deserves a spot. No point giving players a chance if they TAKE IT and are not given a spot! If the logic is that Haddin is not part of the 2015 WC plans, then a younger wicket-keeper batsman should have been trialled in the first place(i.e. Paine). CA selection/rotation policies are a joke, and it will cost them both matches in the short term and the WC in the long term.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (January 14, 2013, 1:11 GMT)

So who is the premier wicket keeper at the moment? What with Australia's longest ever serving keeper, Ian Healy (119 tests) claiming that Haddin is the better keeper, and Haddin scoring big in the last ODI, surely Wade's position is under pressure. Except of course that Wade has done a lot better than Haddin or Healy ever did at international level, and at domestic level too. Not that anyone is counting...

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 1:07 GMT)

I cant believe this . What are the selectors trying to do ? Never seen a weaker Australian side except when Packer forced B team to be selected. Sri Lanka is going through a transition so Australia might beat them but it will be a waste of one ODI. The aim seems so vague. 2015 World cup ? With Player like Doherty & Henrique ? One match for Khawaja , run out at that and dropped. The old idiom comes to mind " whom Gods want to destroy first make them mad" Hope Australian selectors are not on the way to being mad because destruction will follow

Posted by QingdaoXI on (January 14, 2013, 1:04 GMT)

Playing XI: Warner, Wade, Hughes, Bailey, Clarke, D.Huss, Henriques, Johnson, Starc, McKay and Doherty.

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